FC Barcelona, one of the world’s biggest football clubs, is entering the world of esports.
The famed club has agreed a deal with eFootball.Pro and KONAMI. They will become the first team to join their newly formed Pro Evolution Soccer esports competition.
The organisers announced the coup via a press release on Tuesday, 27 February.
Manuel Arroyo, Barcelona’s Vice President of Marketing and Media, said:
“Barça is attentive to what is happening in this global and technological world, and given the major penetration and growth of eSports, is on the path to also becoming a leader in this field,”
“FC Barcelona, in keeping with its innovative spirit, has decided to participate in a pioneering competition in the world of eSports,”
“We are sure that this competition will continue to make Barça members and fans that follow eSports around the world very proud.”
eFootball.Pro has confirmed that they will reveal new teams and further details shortly.
Will Barcelona compete in other esports?
However, if they do, they wouldn’t be the first. Other football teams like Schalke 04 are already active members of the esports world. French Champions Paris Saint-German have also been attempting esports in recent years.
The fact that club icon Gerard Pique is the founder of eFootball.Pro likely played some part in Barcelona’s decision.
Piqué, eFootball.Pro President and Barcelona defender, said:
“As a player, I’m glad that my club has decided to enter eSports and joined this innovative project that we are preparing together with KONAMI.”
Regardless, it seems fitting that one of the world’s best sports clubs would attempt to crack the growing esports market.
The esports industry reached total revenues of $1.5 billion in 2017 according to video game statistics company SuperData’s Esports Market Report. They anticipate that the industry will grow to $2.3bn by 2023.